People often comment that I seem to get a lot done and the truth is I work on projects in fits and starts. I might have a couple of days where I get a lot of time to be creative and then others where I am mostly out with the kids or work.
But I’ve realised there are some things I do that help me get more done on my projects, even when I’m busy.
Today I’ve got a couple of quick tips for you that might help you get more projects done the way I do – by squeezing them into the gaps in your days.
The key is to try to leave your project ready to do the next step.
Whether the next step is sewing pieces together, pressing seams, finding fabric or thread or yarn, or trimming some paper or photos, if you leave the project somewhere ready to do the next step, it can be easier to sit down and just do that next bit without having t0o think too hard about where you are up to.
I actually find the same thing works with blog posts – for all you crafty bloggers. I often leave a blog post half written but open in a tab in my computer browser so I can grab a minute while the kids are in the shower to write a little more or edit a photo or two.
Some other examples of being ready for the next step:
- Leaving my patchwork project on the ironing board so I can press the latest seams the next time I go to iron school uniforms
- Leaving a project on the chairs in our hall where I walk past it constantly will keep it “top of mind” and I’m more likely to fit it into a break
- Watching a Craftsy class while I cook or iron will help me learn the next step in a project or inspire me to get started on something new
- I often watch classes while I eat lunch too – if I’m at home.
- Those few minutes while the kids are brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed can be just enough time to pull out fabric or threads or yarn for a project
- Leaving my current crochet blanket on the couch will encourage me to pick it up after dinner when I watch TV for a while.
I recently listened to this book which definitely supports this idea, not just for getting creative projects done but for achieving other personal goals in your busy life. It is well worth a read. The Fringe Hours by Jessica N Turner